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Posted: Oct 11th 2008 8:36AM (Unverified) said

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Well, LOTRO also has very low system requirements and still does manage to look awesome on higher end systems. My friend is playing it on a laptop with a P4 2.8 Ghz CPU and a Geforce 440 Go with 64 MB RAM. Sure it does not look to great anymore and he has some lagg in Bree, but that is still bareable.
WOW looks just as bad on any system. Guess that is better from the POV of some people. Personally I think that WOWs graphics are outdated and not just "stylized" as some people say.

Posted: Oct 11th 2008 8:52AM (Unverified) said

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Eve Online also has fairly low system requirement. All of the rendering is done on the user's system, so all they have to do is send data. In fact, most MMOs now are just databases and the game is a fancy database client. That means they can provide a lot of content over less bandwidth, and that players don't need $3000 computer systems to get decent graphics. However, the game makers did give ways for people to have a more enriched and detailed game environment if their equipment can handle it. More people can play with good performance which makes a game more desirable.

Posted: Oct 11th 2008 6:19PM (Unverified) said

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Of all the MMOs I've seen, I think LOTRO handles it best by far. The key is options. Lots and lots of options.

In lotro you can pretty much customize how the game renders from the ground up. If you set it to the lowest possible settings, just about anyone should be able to run it fine but it will look like a N64 game. If you have the rig to crank the settings up to max, it looks amazing! My favorite feature is "distant imposters" where it renders a 2D "fake" set of trees, etc to cover distant parts of the landscape (if you enable the setting) Using that on a low-end system, you can set the draw distance to low without having to look at a backdrop of grey and beige fog.

As much as I love WAR, I think they're handling it completely wrong. The low graphics settings are only moderately different from the high graphics settings, and the game seems to work system resources very hard. After upgrading my graphics card, I can play games like WoW and LOTRO on high (but not quite max) settings and maintain at least 35-40 fps anywhere, if not 60fps. No matter how I set WAR, it gets very choppy at times and not being able to simply adjust the graphics settings to fix it is very frustrating.

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